Passengers on an easyJet flight were surprised by a ‘flashmob’ music performance by Evangelical Christians – who jumped to sing a devotional song while the plane was thousands of feet in the air. A musician identified as Jonathan Neo was filmed strumming an acoustic guitar backed by other singers in a version of “How Great Is Our God.”
A video of the stunt was posted to Instagram on Jack Jensz Junior’s account, with the caption: “Worshiping our King Jesus 30,000 feet in the sky!” A clip posted to Jack Jensz Junior’s TikTok channel was also viewed more than 30 million times in 48 hours, The New Zealand Herald reports.
And the flash mob has divided opinion online. Commenting on the Instagram video, marta1800 said, “This is awesome.”
Elvira_eduardovna20 was also one of the proponents, saying: “So bold! Blessings!” while yana.m.shulga said “So beautiful!”
But dawgsma noted: ” I wouldn’t like to be stuck listening to religious songs. It seems a bit tone-deaf to assume that people are okay with that.”
Another Instagram user, switchsteve20, called on the singers to “stop forcing your beliefs on others”, and Oceanclub said: ” I would claim my rate back.”
US Congressional Representative Ilhan Omar, who is a Muslim, tweeted, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I’m on the plane. How do you think it will end?”
The New Zealand Herald reported that Jensz has since commented, saying the musicians had assisted in a Christian mission to Ukraine, helping refugees with humanitarian aid. “Our team has been in Ukraine since the second day of the war,” he said.
“On this flight, we had our team and went to the air hosts and asked them if we could share a song with the passengers.”
He said they had permission from the flight crew. They were also applauded by passengers, he added.
“I wanted to make a reaction video to show exactly what happened on the plane,” he said. “People were crying and visibly moved.”